18.02.07 North Korea Meeting

March 9, 2018


President Trump agrees to meet with President of North Korea, Kim Jong Un

First mtg of a sitting U.S. President with North Korean leader.

Announcement made by U.S. ally South Korea at White House

Flip For Why It Matters

What’s At Stake:
War & Peace

  • N. Korea has nuclear weapons.
  • Missiles can reach U.S. Expected to have technology soon to put nuclear warhead on such missiles.
  • Reportedly allies w/Syria & Iran.
  • Source of numerous dangerous computer hacks.
  • Continually lies about nuclear program, talks to gain time, while advancing technology.

How We Got Here:
Quick Recent History

  • U.S. campaign of “maximum pressure” on North Korea.
  • Administration continually stressed “all options” on table.
  • U.S. recently announced “toughest sanctions ever” – targeting shipping companies that enable North Korea to do business with outside world (Feb 23).

Brief Background

  • Nuclear program started after Korean war – Soviets helped.
  • Clinton admin tried to negotiate denuclearization – No Deal.
  • North Korea performed first nuclear test 2006 during Bush Admin.
  • Several more nuclear tests during Obama admin. Americans arrested/imprisoned 2009 & 2016 (OttoA Warmbier died 2017).

What to Watch For

  • Who? President Trump agrees to meeting but who else will be in the room?
  • What?A High stakes. Simply: talk can lead to path to peace or war.
  • When? South Korean delegation said meeting will happen “by May.”
  • Where? TBD.
  • How? It’s unprecedented. Stay Tuned.

From The President

“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”
President Trump, Twitter,
@realdonaldtrump, Mar. 8, 2018

Something To Consider:

“PS: To be clear — we need to talk to North Korea. But Kim is not inviting Trump so that he can surrender North Korea’s weapons. Kim is inviting Trump to demonstrate that his investment in nuclear and missile capabilities has forced the United States to treat him as an equal.”
Jeffrey Lewisa, Twitter, @ArmsControlWonk Mar. 8, 2018

Word to the Wise: Talk is one thing. Action another. Watch ACTION by either side instead of rhetoric. Pres. Trump talked about North Korea in State of The Union – We included a portion of the speech on the source page.

But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.

North Korea”s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.

We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from happening.

Past experience has taught us that complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation.A I will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations that got us into this dangerous position.

We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and our allies.

Otto Warmbier was a hardworking student at the University of Virginia.A On his way to study abroad in Asia, Otto joined a tour to North Korea.A At its conclusion, this wonderful young man was arrested and charged with crimes against the state.A After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15A years of hard labor, before returning him to America last June — horribly injured and on the verge of death.A He passed away just days after his return.

Otto”s Parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, are with us tonight — along with Otto”s brother and sister, Austin and Greta.A You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength inspires us all.A Tonight, we pledge to honor Otto”s memory with American resolve.

Finally, we are joined by one more witness to the ominous nature of this regime.A His name is Mr. Ji Seong-ho.

In 1996, Seong-ho was a starving boy in North Korea.A One day, he tried to steal coal from a railroad car to barter for a few scraps of food.A In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger.A He woke up as a train ran over his limbs.A He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain.A His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt themselves — permanently stunting their own growth.A Later, he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China.A His tormentors wanted to know if he had met any Christians.A He had — and he resolved to be free.

Seong-ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches across China and Southeast Asia to freedom.A Most of his family followed.A His father was caught trying to escape, and was tortured to death.

Today he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors, and broadcasts into North Korea what the regime fears the most a\u0011- the truth.

by Jenna Lee,